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The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing

By David Berkman

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This edition: spiral-bound. Instructional, Improvisation and Jazz. Method book & digital audio. 154 pages. Published by Sher Music Company (SR.JMGCP).

Item Number: SR.JMGCP

ISBN 9781883217488. 8.5" x 11" inches.

Finally someone has written a book on what jazz musicians need most - a way to approach practicing that actually makes the best use of your valuable time!In this landmark book, cutting-edge NY pianist and recording artist David Berkman shows you how to make practicing interesting and enjoyable by breaking problems into manageable tasks that you can easily master!Filled with hundreds and hundreds of concrete things to work on, along with funny jazz anecdotes illustrating the ideas presented, The Jazz Musician's Guide To Creative Practicing covers many of the things you need in order to be a complete jazz musician, including: Basic jazz theory, clearly explained; How to make scale and arpeggio practicing fun and relevant to playing tunes; How to effectively add chromatic approach notes and upper structure triads to your solo lines; How to practice tunes like "Body And Soul", "Giant Steps" or rhythm changes and get better at the whole tune by mastering individual aspects of it; How to improve your ability to swing, to play in odd meters and to play with different rhythmic feels; How to play fast without losing your ability to make the notes sing.

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  • 2

    New Zealand
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  • July 25, 2016 Not a sensible choice

    I totally agree with the reviewer "Doug". Read the book. The theory portion is clear. However my requirements were pretty basic but not covered in this book. I need practical, creative suggestions and musical examples for the left hand. Scant coverage of voicings. Explaining a relatively complicated progression in only...

    C major (or better still roman numerals) would have been better than the array of keys. His harmony book is much better. This was a waste of money.

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  • 5

    Doug Clarke
    Adelaide, South Australia
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  • May 18, 2011 The jazz musician's guide to creative practicing

    In general I am disappointed with this book, it is much too "wordy" (especially with the sub text, which means one is reading two books at once). Secondly it is mainly aimed at piano players, I understand that horn players should be able to play keyboards,but not necessarily to...

    the level required in this book. This also means that the examples need to be transposed to suit Bb & Eb instruments.I am not putting the book down completely as I have gained some information which is useful.

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